Walks around Newquay

In Newquay itself there is the Newquay town and headlands walk and the Crantock and Gannel walk is also close by. Coastal walks to the north of Newquay include circular walks from Watergate to Porth and at Bedruthan Steps, and one-way walks using the bus from Watergate Bay to Newquay and Porthcothan to Mawgan Porth. To the south of Newquay, there are circular walks from Holywell Bay to Crantock and a longer one from Holywell to St Piran's Oratory. There are also some circular routes inland of Newquay, particularly around St Columb Major and Goonhavern.

3.5 miles/5.7 km - Easy-moderate

Watergate Bay to Newquay

A (bus-assisted) one-way walk from Watergate Bay along the coast path to Newquay, passing the sea caves at Whipsiddery beach, the Iron Age hillfort on Trevelgue head and beaches of Porth, Lusty Glaze and Tolcarne.

3.6 miles/5.8 km - Easy-moderate

St Newlyn East and Lappa Valley

A circular walk from St Newlyn East through the woods of the Lappa Valley where the Steam Railway now encompasses what was one of the most famous mines in Cornwall during Victorian times and the riverbeds are still stained red.

3.6 miles/5.8 km - Easy-moderate

Watergate Bay to Porth

A circular walk along the beach from Watergate Bay to the sea caves of Whipsiddery and Iron Age hillfort at Trevelgue head, returning past the clifftop tombs of Bronze-Age chieftans, with panoramic views of the Newquay coastline.

4 miles/6.4 km - Easy-moderate

Mawgan Porth to St Mawgan

A circular walk from Mawgan Porth along the Vale of Lanherne, following the river Menalhyl to St Mawgan and returning past the 800-year-old cloistered Convent where the sanctuary light has been burning for hundreds of years.

4.4 miles/7.1 km - Easy-moderate

Porthcothan to Mawgan Porth

A (bus-assisted) one-way walk along the coast with spectacular wildflowers and one of Cornwall's most photographed views over the volcanic rock stacks of Bedruthan Steps, which Victorians liked to think of as a giant's stepping stones.

4.5 miles/7.2 km - Easy-moderate

Crantock and The Gannel

A circular walk along the River Gannel from Crantock, originally settled by Celtic monks whose chapel is thought may be buried beneath the dunes

5 miles/8 km - Easy-moderate

Holywell to Crantock

A circular walk from Holywell Bay past the remarkable sacred spring and along the coast to the sandy beaches of Porth Joke and Crantock, returning via the poppy fields of West Pentire and the Cubert Common nature conservation area.

5.2 miles/8.4 km - Easy-moderate

Porth Reservoir

A circular walk through the wildlife reserve around the reservoir lake, past crumbling relics of the abandoned Nanswhyden estate and via farmland, a mill and wooded vales that were also once part of the great estate.

7.3 miles/11.7 km - Easy-moderate

St Columb Major to St Mawgan

A circular walk along the Vale of Lanherne from the mediaeval market town of St Columb Major, where Cornish Hurling is still played, to the riverside pub, church and convent at St Mawgan, returning through the broadleaf woodland of the Carnanton Estate along the River Menalhyl.

5 miles/8 km - Moderate

Bedruthan Steps

A circular walk with spectacular views of the rock stacks at Bedruthan Steps about which the myth of a giant's stepping stones was concocted for the amusement of Victorian tourists flocking to Padstow and Newquay on the new railway.

5.8 miles/9.3 km - Moderate

Newquay

A circular walk around the UK's surf capital which was transformed from a tiny fishing village with a few thatched cottages when, in order to export ore from the harbour, a horse-drawn tramway was built across Cornwall which later became part of the Great Western Railway.

6.9 miles/11.2 km - Moderate

Holywell Bay to Newquay

A (bus-assisted) one-way walk from Holywell Bay along the coast and Gannel estuary to Newquay, passing the beaches of Porth Joke and Crantock and the headland of West Pentire where there is a spectacular display of red-and-gold wildflowers in June.

7.4 miles/11.9 km - Moderate

Holywell to St Piran's Oratory

A circular walk from Holywell Bay along the rugged coastline to Perran Beach and across the dunes to the Dark Ages relics of St Piran's Oratory, Church and Cross, returning via the Penhale Sands nature reserve which is carpeted in cowslips during spring.

6.3 miles/10.1 km - Moderate-strenuous

Cubert to St Pirans Round

A circular walk from Cubert's Celtic churchyard through the cowslip meadows of the Penhale Sands nature reserve and on paths lined with wildflowers along the river valley to reach St Pirans Round - the remains of the mediaeval amphitheatre.